Rumble Stage awaits Cloud9
Cloud9 enjoyed an exceptional final day in the League of Legends 2021 Mid-Season Invitational group phase, claiming three consecutive wins to book their spot in the Rumble Stage of the competition.
After their superb end to the group stage Cloud9 are now 3/1 to defeat Royal Never Give Up, who are 2/9 to win, in their next match.
Los Angeles outfit Cloud9 won the LCS Spring 2021 last month but made an underwhelming start to the Mid-Season Invitational.
They started with defeats to DAMWON Gaming and DetonatioN FocusME on the opening weekend before a victory over Infinity Esports.
That put plenty of pressure on the team going into the second round of matches but they rose to the occasion, defeating all three teams in their section - including reigning world champions DAMWON this time around - and they secured the runner-up position in their group.
Along with DAMWON, MAD Lions, Pentanet.GG, PSG Talon and their next opponents Royal Never Give Up, Cloud9 will now move to the Rumble Stage, after which the top four sides will progress to the knockout phase.
Cloud9's Jesper "Zven" Svenningsen will be hoping to show what he is made of in his first international event since the 2017 World Championships and he believes his team's need to improve quickly motivated them in the latest weekend of action.
Speaking to the Metro, "Zven" said: "I actually don't think we literally improved, I mean we did a little bit, I think we just figured out what we want to play and how we want to play.
"That was more important than improving but I do think the two days we got were bigger for us than anyone else in the group because we had more room to change - that really helped us show up."